Vol­un­teers recog­nised

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

VOL­UN­TEERS from the Hills re­cently re­ceived awards at the WA cricket vol­un­teer of the year awards func­tion at the WACA.

Paul Clune, of Bak­ers Hill, started a cricket club for the small re­gional com­mu­nity fol­low­ing six years with­out a team and at a time when the emer­gence of the club was crit­i­cal to the on­go­ing sus­tain­abil­ity of the Northam Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

He col­lected the coun­try vol­un­teer award ( male) in recog­ni­tion of his lead­er­ship and fos­ter­ing a fair go ap­proach for all ages and lev­els of abil­ity in ju­nior and se­nior cricket.

Clune cap­tains, coaches and man­ages the Northam Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s B Grade se­nior team, and um­pires, scores, man­ages and is as­sis­tant coach of the Avon West Cricket Acad­emy Un­der- 16s.

He also man­aged Northam’s Un­der- 14s team in the Peel Ju­nior Cricket Car­ni­val and built a sus­tain­able en­gage­ment model for in­dige­nous youth and small re­gional com­mu­nity.

Win­ner of the fe­male award in the same cat­e­gory went to Melinda Lu­cas from Toodyay Cricket Club.

Her fa­ther John ac­cepted the award on her be­half.

A ma­jor as­pect of Lu­cas’ achieve­ments has been her con­tin­u­ing sup­port for devel­op­ment of girls’ cricket in Northam and its sur­rounds.

This sea­son, she co- or­di­nated and es­tab­lished the new Perth Scorchers Girls 15s com­pe­ti­tion for the Northam Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

Lu­cas also man­aged and coached the Wheat­belt team in the Girls Coun­try Cricket Car­ni­val over the last few years, re­sult­ing in the growth of fe­male cricket in the re­gion.

The top gong of vol­un­teer of the year ( male) went to David Hors­ley, of Se­nior Cricket WA, to recog­nise his con­tri­bu­tion to cricket as a vol­un­teer for more than 55 years.

Real­is­ing there was a gap in WA’s over- 60s divi­sion, Hors­ley worked for 12 months to form a State over- 60s cricket team and fol­low­ing two years of hard work, WA took part in the na­tional Over- 60s/ 70s Cricket Cham­pi­onships for the first time at Ade­laide’s 2012 tour­na­ment.

With an in­ter­est in see­ing the divi­sion ex­pand, he of­fered to host the 11th na­tional cham­pi­onships in Perth in 2016.

He gar­nered sup­port from the Over- 60s team, the WACA, Tourism WA and the Min­is­ter for Sport and Recre­ation, and his ef­forts were re­warded when Perth was se­lected to host the cham­pi­onships.

Game and Mar­ket Devel­op­ment gen­eral man­ager Jo Davies said vol­un­teers were in­te­gral to the fab­ric of cricket in WA. “If we had to pay for the hours vol­un­teers work, the sport would not sur­vive,” she said.

Vol­un­teers from the Hills at the awards: Paul Clune, David Hors­ley and John Lu­cas on be­half of his daugh­ter Melinda.

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